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slate tech report >>pam: the state of washington has more than 200 couples lined up at the seattle county courthouse in to get their marriage lincenses signed. 77-year-old jane abbott lightly and 85-year-old petey petersen who have been together for 35 years were the first couple to receive their marriage license. a three-day waiting period is required before marriage licenses are valid. but supporters of same-sex marriage say today is an important day for their cause. >> also in washington state. it's a "pot party" in washington state. a new law -- legalizing recreational marijuana use -- took effect at midnight. the law says adults 21 years and older can now possess up to an ounce of pot. but growing or selling the drug remains a crime. still -- pot smokers preferred to emphasize the positive -- ringing in the new year with -- well -- smoke rings at seattle's space needle. >>pam: the aftermath of hurricane sandy is driving business in washington today. as the senate meets to talk about the storm's impact on transportation, the push for state aid continues from high-profile advoca
obama leaders to take action on crisis. karin caifa reports from washington, where members of congress have also left town. >> good afternoon, everybody. >>reporter: after speaking with party leaders friday afternoon, president obama called on congress to quickly come up with a solution to avert some end- of-year tax hikes associated with the fiscal cliff. >> in the next few days i've asked leaders of congress to work towards a package that prevents a tax hike on middle class americans, protects unemployment insurance for 2 million americans and lays the groundwork for further work on both and deficit reduction. >>reporter: the remarks came after house speaker john boehner failed to muster enough of his party's support to bring his "plan b" to the floor. his proposal would have effectively raised taxes only on those americans making more than one million dollars a year. >> we had a number of our members who just really didn't want to be perceived as having raised taxes. >>reporter: the two sides each left the capitol for the christmas holidays, blaming the other for inaction. democrats
to local politicians. washington has 27 days to figure out how to get the nation from going over the physical click your at this point, all sides seem to point to a stalemate. pamela schmidt. signs still point to a stalemate. >> emily schmidt has more >> you don't have to look far fiscal cliff theater... >> nobody wants to get this done more than me. gets solved. >> but key players aren't talking in the same room. congressional aides say they're not even communicating by phone or e- mail. >> the president is ready, willing and able, waiting to be able to sit down and seriously negotiate this but they have to be willing to come to the table with specifics. i think the next 72 hours are critical. if he sits back and continues to play politics, that'll give you going. >> some lawmakers are going back to their districts. congress has little scheduled business for the rest of the week. house speaker john boehner says that wouldn't stop negotiations. >> i'll be available at any moment to sit down with the president to get serious about solving this problem. >> a sticking point r
than cyanide. one drop can kill a person in a matter of minutes. syria not the only thing on washington's mind right now. with about four weeks to go before that fiscal cliff of tax hikes and spending cuts gets triggered, negotiations still appeared at a standstill on tuesday. karin caifa tells us where everything stands. >> in the midst of a standoff with capitol hill republicans, president obama told bloomberg news that the latest plan put forth by house speaker john boehner, simply doesn't add up. the >> speaker's proposal right now is still out of balance. he talks about, for example, eight hundred billion dollars worth of revenues but he says he will do that by lowering rates. when you look at the math, it does does not work. >> not work. as negotiations as negotiations to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" continue, republicans were equally dismissive of the last proposal from the president. >> his proposal was so outlandish i don't think we should go back to the table until he puts something there that we can work with. >> the key sticking point between the two sides hasn
been working on a cell phone tower in spokane washington was left dangling in the air today. he slipped out of a harness and was trapped for nearlya co-worker was able to hang onto him until firefighters arrived. they raised a ladder - and got him down safely. >> some missing hikers have been found on oregon's mount hood. they were out on snow- shoes.and are in good condition tonight. they survived by staying in a warming shelter. the two women and one man called 911 from a cell phone sunday, after getting lost while trying to reach a cabin. >> and a beautiful evening for this christmas eve. some high clouds streaming in and yet another storm system in the pacific headed our way. mostly clear skies and we will see an increasing clouds as we get into the overnight hours for tonight. there are going to be cloudy skies. buttering should hold out until the afternoon but it could increase by the evening. ohere is futurecast by 10:00 a.m., we are trying and some spotty showers beginning to show up to the north and to the west. near santa rosa, the band of rainfall. by 2:00 p.m., light north o
his christmas vacation short. mister obama is returning to washington d-c on thursday. first lady michelle obama and their daughters will remain in hawaii. house and senate members are expected to reconvene thursday. without a budget agreement, automatic tax increases for everyone and deep spending cuts will be triggered in the new year. the main dispute continues to be over taxes. >> vicki: starbucks will publicly take a stand on the looming fiscal cliff. c-e-o howard schultz is asking workers at its 120 d-c-area stores to write "come together" on the coffee cups they serve on thursday and friday. he says it's a way to quote: "send our elected officials a respectful but potent message, urging them to come together to find common ground." both sides are due back by thursday and have vowed to make a final attempt. starbucks notes workers are not required to write the message on cups. >> 49ers sunday at candlestick with a chance to clinch the division title kron four's jason appelbaum joins me now with more. .jason the team's a little banged up right? >> manning's am >> vernon davi
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